I saved THOUSANDS on my garden transformation – but I did it with freebies and bargain products from ALDI

ONE WOMAN has saved thousands from her garden makeover and says the secrets to her success are quite simple.

Frugal Karen Brooke, 67, has transformed her ‘jungle’ into a dreamy outdoor space while saving more than £5,000.

Karen Brooke has saved thousands in her garden


Karen Brooke has saved thousands in her gardenPhoto credit: SWNS
The grandma recycled materials and found people giving away free things


The grandma recycled materials and found people giving away free thingsPhoto credit: SWNS

Karen bought her bungalow in Cheshire for a bargain price two years ago.

The garden was completely deserted and in poor condition.

But instead of being put off by the project, the grandmother of four got to work, scouring storefronts and social media for bargains.

Thanks to upcycling, there is now a stunning garden oasis behind her house.

Karen loosened the soil with a tiller she bought from Aldi and began remodeling the property the next year.

She built a greenhouse in a corner and built a waterfall of unwanted rocks, which she sourced online for free.

She also built a trellis, now covered with pink and white roses, and planted box hedges, lavender, hardy grasses and ornamental conifers.

Although Karen spent £7,000 on the 18m x 18m property, Karen saved thousands.

Karen said, “I’ve always wanted to do the garden myself as I like to get my hands in it and I knew I didn’t want to spend what it would have cost a landscaper.”

“Just thinking about it, it would have cost me about £12,000 so it was better to do it myself.”

“When I first saw the garden I thought what can I do with it and just got stuck – and lost a stone in the 12 months it took me.”

“The landscaping and garden makeover was fantastic for losing weight because you’re running around with wheelbarrows and moving rocks.”

“And now it’s all implanted, it still keeps you fit because you have to bend and stretch.

“It’s also fantastic for your mental health and happiness.

“It just became like an oasis. I have sun there all day and it is very, very peaceful.”

She now plans to spend the warm nights enjoying the gin corner she has prepared.

Karen cut costs by scavenging for unwanted items that others were giving away.

She added, “I’m a bargain hunter and I like to find things on free sites.”

“I had to pay a lot of money for the concrete base, the greenhouse and the garden shed, but even on the terrace I upcycled what was there.”

“My summer house has three chairs and I upcycled them with white chalk paint and at 6pm I have a nice gin and tonic there.

“There is actually a label that says ‘The Gin Corner’. I’m sitting in there with my dog ​​for a few hours.”

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“I also have a beautiful water feature that looks like a fallen mountain, just a rocky waterfall, and that was supposed to hide an old fish pond that was there.

“I really feel like I’ve turned a jungle into a garden.”

Karen is now sitting in her gin bar


Karen is now sitting in her gin barPhoto credit: SWNS
She built the greenhouse and listens to the waterfall


She built the greenhouse and listens to the waterfallPhoto credit: SWNS
The garden was completely deserted and in poor condition


The garden was completely deserted and in poor conditionPhoto credit: SWNS

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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